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Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 760 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 10 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Atlantic 10 Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $185,160)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $69,588)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 15 17 Yes Yes
Golf 9 - - -
Gymnastics - 14 - -
Lacrosse - 27 Yes -
Rowing 48 47 - -
Soccer 28 30 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 Yes Yes
Squash 13 13 - -
Swimming 18 21 - -
Tennis 10 10 Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country 11 9 Yes -
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Water Polo 13 16 Yes -
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 8.9%
Hispanic 5.3%
Non-resident alien 9.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 14.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 52.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Navy ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 9
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 10
Property Crime 75

Notable Alumni

  • Abby Joseph Cohen (MA '76), Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs and Co.
  • Abe Pollin (BA '45), Chairman, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals
  • Edward Liddy (MBA '72), Chairman, CEO and President, Allstate Corp.
  • General Colin Powell (MBA '71), Secretary of State
  • Harry Reid (JD '64), U.S. Senator (Nevada)
  • John Snow (JD '67), Secretary of the Treasury
  • Kent Conrad (MBA '75), U.S. Senator (North Dakota)
  • Mark Warner (BA '77), Governor of Virginia
  • Scott Wolf (BBA '88), Actor
  • Arnold "Red" Auerbach (BS '40, MA '41, DPS '93), President and former coach, Boston Celtics
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Meredith from Marlton, NJ
  • 4
  • The first book I read about colleges described the dorms at George Washington as palaces. It was dead on. But, it really depends on what hall you live…

  • Mar-21-2012 Read More
  • Meg
  • 4
  • The older students have, in general, very nice houses. Many upperclassmen choose to live off campus, but many also live on campus. All underclassmen live on campus in dorms that…

  • Mar-03-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Freshman
  • Dec-07-2013 I am a current student here

    Dining through GWU is alright but there are many restaurants on campus that accept their dining plan like Chipotle and Whole Foods.

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  • 4
  • Emma from Mooresville, NC
  • Oct-07-2013 I am a current student here

    With GW's GWorld program, you have the ability to dine at many area restaurants using the Colonial Cash put on your card at the beginning of the year. This makes dining and shopping extra convenient. However, many places close pretty early so if you eat at odd times you'll have to go a distance to find somewhere to eat that isn't ridiculously crowded.

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  • 4
  • GW Student
  • Sep-03-2013 I am a current student here

    The GWorld card is awesome. It allows you to eat tax free at a bunch of different locations throughout the city (TGI Fridays, Bertucci's, etc.). You can even use it for grocery shopping at SafeWay and Whole Foods. The only downside is freshman year you are required to spend $1400 at the cafeterias in West Hall or the Marvin Center.

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  • 3
  • Lu from Los Angeles, CA
  • Jul-23-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is decent, the best benefit is the ability to use GW card outside campus in affiliated stores, such as whole foods.

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  • 3
  • Serena from Everett, WA
  • Jul-11-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall (J Street) is awful. Everyone knows it and we have been fighting for better food options forever. Luckily, though, after Freshman year, you never have to eat in J Street again. Foggy Bottom has a huge number of dining options right on campus (including Whole Foods if you like grocery shopping and cooking for yourself).

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  • 4
  • M
  • Jul-11-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall sucks, but there are tons of cheap food options in the city!

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  • 4
  • Sonia from Tampa, FL
  • Jun-30-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I did not get a chance to eat at the Mount Vernon cafeteria but I did eat a nearby restaurant at the Foggy Bottom campus and the food was good.

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  • 4
  • Isabella from NJ
  • Jun-24-2013 I am a current student here

    Honestly, I don't have a problem with J St. They don't have such diverse food options, but it's good, wholesome food, albeit kind of expensive. Auntie Anne's may be one of the best parts of J Street.

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  • 2
  • Courtney from Severna Park, MD
  • Jun-20-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall- J street, is pretty lackluster. However, what makes up for it is that Gworld money counts towards restaurants around the area.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Freshman
  • Dec-07-2013 I am a current student here

    I am personally not interested in Greek life, but from what I have observed they are welcoming people and the people on my floor are enjoying their experiences. Some of the sororities welcomed their new members by decorating their doors.

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  • 0
  • GW Student
  • Sep-03-2013 I am a current student here

    It's there if you want it, but you don't need to be involved.

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  • 0
  • M
  • Jul-11-2013 I am a current student here

    25% of the school - I would strongly recommend thinking about rushing.

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  • 0
  • Isabella from NJ
  • Jun-24-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is definitely on the rise! Sometimes GW may seem like a big campus (it's not), so if you want that smaller community, Greek life is definitely an option. You meet so many different people and suddenly you're walking down the street and know everyone.

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  • 0
  • Courtney from Severna Park, MD
  • Jun-20-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is a pretty large part of life at GW. With a little over 1/3 of the undergraduate population being Greek, the presence is pretty large.

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  • 0
  • Meg
  • Mar-03-2013 I am a current student here

    Has a growing presence on campus. Fun for those involved, and frats host a lot of the parties on campus. Not a big deal for students who choose not to go Greek, as there is a lot going on outside of the Greek community as well.

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